Samsung unveils its new Galaxy Note 20 phone today, and with it a unique Xbox Game Pass partnership. Microsoft is working with Samsung to include a special version of the Xbox Game Pass app in the Samsung Galaxy Store. This version allows Xbox players to redeem tokens and purchase apps in the app such as buying skins or DLC items in the Xbox Store.
The Xbox Game Pass app available in the Google Play Store does not support these in-app purchases. It is clear that Microsoft and Samsung have reached a special deal, which is probably less than the 30 percent that Google asks for, to enable them only for the Galaxy Store version. The deal comes just as rumors suggest that Google is trying to convince Samsung to market its own Play Store over Samsung̵
In addition to this Xbox Game Pass app, Samsung also offers a bundle of games for the Galaxy Note 20 that includes three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PowerAs MOGA XP5-X Plus. The controller is designed with game streaming (xCloud) in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in mind, and it can keep your phone charged while you play.
Microsoft and Samsung’s latest Xbox Game Pass partnership is based on the growing business that the two companies first unveiled last year. Microsoft and Samsung collaborated to bring Android and Windows closer together with the Galaxy Note 10 last year, and they announced an xCloud partnership earlier this year. Note 20 is the first device to take advantage of this closer Xbox Game Pass integration, and it is reasonable to assume that Microsoft’s ambitions to bring xCloud to TVs are likely to involve Samsung at some point in the future.